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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by hyperion » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:18 pm

Even if I didn't know him personally, I'm sad too.

I hope this leaving is not the sign of new politics of prices rising and new mentality.

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Post by meinberg » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:29 am

Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere on the forum, it made interesting reading for me and may answer hyperion's questions. Mike France is the front man and is aiming high.

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Post by Mikkei4 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:08 am

An interesting read, shame they didn't have a proof reader check it before publication - they might have spotted that the C60 Bronze pictured wasn't the GMT as stated.

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Post by H0rati0 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:24 pm

Far from the run of the mill watch industry article - very well written and illuminating.
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Post by Soporsche » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:33 pm

Interesting article, thanks!
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Post by albionphoto » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:51 pm

Interesting article. Thanks for posting it. Maybe you should also post this in the General Discussion or the Reviews and articles sub-fora too.
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Post by PaulJS » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:53 pm

A turnover of £200 million in the future? - so somewhere in the region of 15- 20 times the current level of sales (if we take the oft quoted number of 20,000 pa and assume an average price of around £600 per watch).


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Post by jtc » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:23 pm

£200 million but in a Nearly New sale kind of way.

So £80 million :lol:

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by Wis » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:13 pm

The CW brand is responsible for getting me hooked on watches, an interest that has given me countless hours of enjoyment. For that I’m grateful to Mr. Ward. The interaction with fans through the forum, with chats, forum limited editions, forum watch of the year etc, made us feel connected to the brand in a very special way.

CW were among the first serious watch brands, maybe the first, to use the Internet to sell watches, which opened the brand up to customers world wide. An astute and brave move that paid off.

Chris Ward was the public face of the company, a role he fulfilled with aplomb. His wife Wera was the embodiment of the great personal service the company rightly took great pride in. I wish them all the best for the future. Thank you both.
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Post by rweissen » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:56 pm

Sad to hear.

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Post by Blake » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:08 pm

Sad to hear but cheers for future to come and may Chris himself and CW will have the best!

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Post by Eatrightwatches » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:48 pm

Any comment on his successor? Or is this just a step down with no replacement. Would like to hear any information on the direction of the brand moving forward. A job well done for CW himself on establishing a great brand doing things that very few other brands can compete with.

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Post by triffidman » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:57 pm

PaulJS wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:53 pm
A turnover of £200 million in the future? - so somewhere in the region of 15- 20 times the current level of sales (if we take the oft quoted number of 20,000 pa and assume an average price of around £600 per watch).


This time next year Rodney we'll be millionaire's!! 8)

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Can you imagine him quoting those sorts of numbers/growth optimism on Dragons Den?! He would laughed off.

Chris always seemed humble and trusted as a 'man at the top'. Not sure I'd trust someone who spouts this sort of tripe, just to generate some interest. He is becoming a someone who actually appears to believe his own waffle.

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Re: A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by meinberg » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:54 am

triffidman wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:57 pm

Can you imagine him quoting those sorts of numbers/growth optimism on Dragons Den?! He would laughed off.

Chris always seemed humble and trusted as a 'man at the top'. Not sure I'd trust someone who spouts this sort of tripe, just to generate some interest. He is becoming a someone who actually appears to believe his own waffle.

Yes I sound bitter: the last 3-4 customer experiences with them were utterly abysmal.
Very ambitious indeed, but worth remembering that the 3 amigos were all very successful in business before starting their watch company, Mike and Peter sold the ELC for GBP62m. I think he may have good reason to believe his own 'waffle'.

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A Lasting Legacy - Important News from Christopher Ward

Post by paw3001 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:57 pm

Transparency seems to have been lost. I know I would not be happy being ousted from the Company that used my name!

We need to know what and why Chris has left. We don’t need specifics but more than what is currently given via the press release!


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